Turning Cubs (Hazing)
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 00:18:46 -0400
I was a Cubmaster from 1981-86 and our pack had a long standing
tradition of turning each new Bobcat upside down for the pinning of his
Bobcat pin. I never saw a boy dropped or injured and we "turned"
several boys that weighed well over 100 lbs. The boys thought it was
great fun and each new group of boys looked forward to receiving the
pins in this manner.
After reading the discussions about this practice, I still don't
believe "turning" is truly hazing. Would I "turn" a boy today?
Absolutely not! Why? Because the BSA has specifically stated the
practice should not be done. This is not new as the directive filtered
down to the district level some time ago.
So if you are in a pack that still "turns" new Bobcats, you had better
be aware of the risks you are taking by continuing the practice. My
advice is to find some other way to present the pins to the new Bobcats.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City